SBIRT Arizona is dedicated to providing excellent support to individuals, families and health care professionals by conducting multiple trainings, seminars, and support group discussions throughout the year. Please stay up to date with our list of upcoming events below which outlines the dates, times, location and details of each event.



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On-Demand Recordings:

SBIRT: A Brief Clinical Training for Adolescent Providers

Description: This webinar provides clinical training on delivering the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model in adolescent settings. The training will provide a brief introduction on SBIRT. The main foci will be administering, scoring, and interpreting the CRAFFT screening instrument; delivering brief intervention using motivational interviewing techniques and Boston University’s Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI); scheduling follow-up brief interventions when appropriate; and making referrals to treatment. This training is appropriate for individuals who will be conducting screenings and brief interventions with adolescents as well as for directors and supervisors who will be overseeing SBIRT delivery. It is suggested that this training be followed with motivational interviewing training, role-plays, and feedback using the BNI checklist prior to implementation.

All About SBIRT for Teens

Description: Although there is now a range of treatment for adolescents involved with drugs, treatment services for adolescents are more the exception than the rule.   Approximately 15- 25% of adolescents meet a current (prior year) definition of early-stage, mild-to-moderate drug involvement (i.e., not advanced to dependence), however most drug treatment programs do not have programs suited to address these early-stage drug using teenagers. A promising treatment option that may help to address this service gap and has high potential for application to drug abusing teenagers is the SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment) model.  SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. This webinar will review each of the SBIRT components in terms of resources, implementation and evidence of effectiveness.

Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works 

This free webinar highlights ten indicators of the types of policy strategies that can help curb substance misuse by tweens, teens, and young adults, and provides scores for all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on these indicators. Additionally, this presentation identifies a set of research-based approaches and recommendations to modernize the nation's strategy to prevent and reduce substance use and support a full continuum-of-care. 

This free webinar will focus on the application of cutting-edge research on integrating and applying the evidence-based practice of screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and other drugs within primary health and mental health care settings serving college student populations. Challenges associated with SBI implementation and program sustainability in the clinical setting will be addressed. Participants will learn innovative and creative strategies for making SBI more relevant and responsive to a range of diverse college student target populations identified in the literature as being at risk for alcohol and other drug abuse.

A New Adolescent SBIRT Toolkit for Educators

Dr. Tracy McPherson of NORC at the University of Chicago will review the newly-released Adolescent SBIRT Instructor's Toolkit for Social Work, Nursing, and Other Educators. Available at no cost to educators and practitioners in all disciplines and settings, the toolkit includes the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT and companion slide decks to teach the skills needed to screen and intervene with adolescents who engage in substance use. Dr. McPherson will also describe a separate, complementary interactive web-based program that allows learners to practice and receive feedback on their use of brief intervention and motivational interviewing skills. This Toolkit was funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and developed by NORC, Kognito, the Council on Social Work Education, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 


Enjoy hours of free education anytime from the convenience of your mobile device or computer. This Marijuana and SBIRT-focused on demand Mini-Webinar Series is produced in partnership with The BIG SBIRT InitiativeNational SBIRT ATTC, and NORC at the University of Chicago.

Marijuana SBIRT

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) has been shown to be effective at reducing at-risk alcohol use and is now also being used in many settings to address unhealthy drug use as well. This module addresses the medical risks and complications of marijuana use, present evidence for the effectiveness of brief interventions for patients using marijuana, and demonstrate how to apply the SBIRT model with a Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach to intervention for marijuana and other illicit drug use.
Presented by: Dr. Paul Seale
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Brief Intervention (BI) for Marijuana

Marijuana presents unique challenges when offering screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and other drugs – especially in states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana. This presentation will explore these challenges from the perspective of SBIRT implementation Colorado and discuss ideas for offering effective brief interventions for prevention (especially in youth) and harm reduction. 
Presented by: Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, FNP
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Special Populations: SBIRT and Marijuana Use and SBIRT and Child-bearing Age Women

Recently, Colorado has expanded its successful approach to two specific populations. Namely, health educators in SBIRT Colorado healthcare sites are screening for and providing brief interventions to 1) sexually active women of childbearing age who are not using effective contraception, with the goal of preventing substance-exposed pregnancies; and 2) patients misusing marijuana in a state with a voter-approved medical marijuana program (Colorado is one of 16 states with legalized medical marijuana). In this webinar, representatives from the SBIRT Colorado team, including the state director, program implementation staff, and an evaluator discussed reviewing what they have learned about their efforts to-date. Presenters shared findings from their efforts to answer research questions from a projected 10,000 screens.
Presented by: Brie Reimann, MPA
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The USPHS-RX for Change Tobacco Cessation Training Program
is a free online-based program that utilizes routinely updated modules to train any individual in the Nation to effectivelyt provide tobacco cessation interventions. The program focuses on all forms of tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco. 



Qualify for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) Waiver

Learn how nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can train and apply to become DATA-waiver practitioners.


Opioid Prescribing Courses

CME Events


MAT Waiver Eligibility Training - Training is available for those interested in seeking their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid addiction.

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Upcoming Webinars

As many Americans continue to develop addictions and die from overdose, the call for health care providers to be better prepared to identify and properly treat addictions grows louder. 

There are many places providers can go to get special training on safe opioid prescribing, pain management alternatives, medication assisted treatment and other addictions treatment and prevention topics.

That’s why the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions developed the Substance Use Trainings page. The page links to multiple sources of ongoing training and educational opportunities for the provider workforce, and features a downloadable chart of upcoming and archived date-specific trainings and webinars.


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SBIRT for Health & Behavioral Health Professionals.  

This self-paced online 4 hour course is open to the public. Created by the University of Missouri--Kansas City, this course explains the value and use of SBIRT for both medical providers and behavioral health professionals. 


The Prevalence of Prescription Opioid Misuse: Doctor Shopping, Co-ingestion, and Exposure 

This FREE self-paced online course, sponsored by NIDA Notes & IRETA (National Institute on Drug Abuse and Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions), covers important topics in prescription opioid misuse. The three sections will introduce you to prescription opioids, the link between multiple doctors and opportunities for misuse, and the prevalence of high-risk use among adolescents (including mixing pills with other drugs).  



Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic use, misuse and dependence on alcohol and other drugs. The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) has resources for you to learn the basics or refine your current practice.

Learn the basics. Get to know what’s involved in the three basic components of screeningbrief intervention and referral to treatment and read about what SBIRT looks like in practice on our SBIRT page.

Train your staff. There are many training curricula and online courses to help you and your staff understand the core components of SBIRT and how to implement the practices.

Share pocket guides. Check out the variety of workflow charts and diagrams that can help providers in various settings to gain confidence in how to conduct screenings and brief interventions for drug and alcohol use.

Make sure you get reimbursed for these services. Set up a financial plan before you begin to implement SBIRT by learning the cost benefits and the billing and coding you’ll need to put into place for reimbursement of SBIRT activities.

Have more questions? Contact us to schedule a free, one hour consultation on SBIRT implementation with one of our subject matter experts.

Also be sure to visit SAMHSA’s SBIRT web page to view additional resources on SBIRT, including the latest reimbursement codes and a list of federally-funded medical training programs on SBIRT.

Stay informed. Subscribe to CIHS’ news and updates to get regular information about practical tools and resources to support your agency’s efforts to address substance use.